Director: Olivia Newman
Writers: Lucy Alibar, Delia Owens
Stars: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Harris Dickinson, Taylor John Smith
Where the Crawdad’s Sing 2022, an adaptation of Delia Owen’s novel starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, is set to hit theaters in July and is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2022.
A New York Times bestseller and Amazon’s best-selling fiction book for all of 2019, Where the Crawdads Sing(opens in new tab), has been adapted by Reece Witherspoon’s producer Hello Sunshine after she read it as part of her Instagram book club(opens in new tab) in September 2018.
The actor said making the film was “one of those really exciting once-in-a-lifetime opportunities” after falling in love with the story that follows Kya Clark, a sensitive and intelligent young woman who has survived on her own for years. in the swamps of Barkley Cove, North Carolina.
The story takes a dark turn when a man Kya was once involved with is found dead and she becomes the prime suspect. However, Reece is no stranger to exciting crime dramas after making shows and movies like Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere, and Gone Girl.
The film also features an incredible female-led team, with Olivia Newman (First Match, FBI, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD) directing, while Lucy Alibar, best known for co-writing the 2012 film Beasts of the Southern Wild, has written the script.
Set in North Carolina in the 1950s and 1960s, the film follows the coming of age of Kya, a young woman dubbed ‘Marsh Girl’ by the locals after she learns to live independently after being abandoned by her family when I was a girl.
After fending for herself and knowing the marshland ecosystems like no one else, Kya begins to put her knowledge on paper and illustrate her own books. But her solitary existence leaves her an outcast in the local town, so when a local man is found murdered, Kya quickly becomes the prime suspect in the crime.